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Lt. Gen. Larry Wyche

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Salute to Success

Islander Alumnus Lt. Gen. Larry Wyche, who was recently promoted to Three-Star General in the United States Army, attributes much of his success to his experiences at Corpus Christi State University, now Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

Wyche first enrolled in the University in 1979, after growing to love Corpus Christi during weekend visits he made while stationed at Fort Hood as an enlisted soldier. During his time on campus, he developed close relationships with professors, many of them veterans, and also former University President, B. Alan Sugg. At the time, Wyche was considering a career in real estate, and had left the Army after serving a minimum commitment.

“Because of my relationships with those people, I ended up coming back into the Army. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made,” said Wyche.

In 1982, Wyche was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the ROTC Program at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.  He recalls financial struggles, which threatened to derail his education. That’s when President Sugg stepped in, and paid off his tuition.

“That’s the caliber of people that I dealt with at this University, and that’s why this University is so special to me,” said Wyche. “I will forever be indebted to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.”

Wyche’s new rank means new roles. He is the Deputy Commanding General of the Army Materiel Command (AMC), a $50 billion organization with about 65,000 soldiers and civilians.  This also includes Corpus Christi Army Depot. He also serves Senior Commander of Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala.  The instillation is home to AMC headquarters and about 70 tenant organizations representing the Army, Department of Defense, NASA and others.

“When I reflect on how I got here, I think about my days in ROTC,” said Wyche, who joined the program, at first, to earn extra money to support his young family.  “It instilled values, and gave me the basic foundations to become a good leader. It also taught me how to make a decision. Those foundation builders still play a major role in my life today.”

Wyche says he was surprised to learn that the University will place a brick bearing his name in the Walk of Recognition.

“I am incredibly honored and very humbled, because at the end of the day I should be the one giving back to the University,” said Wyche.